This year has been eventful and a major turning point in my life. It has also been a year of finishing anime I keep putting off since 2013. Rules are the same: no one title gets more than one award, spoilers are marked, recipient can be released any year but I have to start/finish it in 2017, and every award is based solely on my preference.
Unlike last year, there are many good titles I’ve watched/read this year, so strap on and let’s go!
First, Best Action (anime) goes to: Youjo Senki (2017)
Tanya the child soldier is actually a Japanese salary man reincarnated. Will she survive Being X’s trials or will she fall to the madness of war?
Youjo Senki is something that I didn’t even think was going to be good, but it was a love at first sight and I still like it a lot. My reviews on Youjo Senki are here.
Honorable Mention: Juuni Taisen (2017)
It was really hard deciding which one I liked better. I love Juuni Taisen’s characters better than Youjo Senki’s, but action-wise Juuni Taisen is more of a realistic one-slash-death and Youjo Senki has more exciting battles, so too bad. Reviews here.
Best Action (manga) goes to: Gunka no Baltzar (2011)
Baltzar is sent to be an instructor at a crumbling military academy in a neighboring nation. Faced with strained alliances, riots, and enemy attacks, will Baltzar be able to lead his students through perils?
Blend of politics and military, each chapter filled with tension, Gunka no Baltzar is a very enjoyable (and educational) read.
Honorable Mention: Killing Bites (2013)
Giving literal meaning to the phrase, “The honey badger doesn’t give a shit.” Killing Bites is a guilty pleasure that I find more entertaining than Terra Formars.
Best Sci-fi goes to: Paprika (2006)
Things go wrong when you poke around in people’s minds.
Paprika is very imaginative and vibrant. I saw it twice this year, one time alone and one time with my friends at college and I still did not understand the ending. But it was really well-told, much characterization is subtle, and it takes more than one time to kind of understand it.
Honorable Mention: Blame! (2017)
In an endless city, Killy, a man in black, searches for human with the Net Terminal Gene.